- Activist Feedback
- Essay: Created in the Image of God, part
- This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
1. Activist Feedback
Veggie Pride Parade in NYC
Tak, who tabled with Sophie
and Rebecca at the Veggie Pride Parade in New York City, writes:
The resources you sent were really useful. A lot of people really
appreciated the material as aids in reaching out to their Christian
friends in their communities. There were a lot of good conversations.
Thanks so much for providing this to us.
He loves you.
2. Essay: Created in the Image of God, part 3
The Bible relates that humans were made in the image of God, but the
Bible does not spell out exactly what that means. Immediately after
creating Adam and Eve, the Bible states that they will have “dominion”
over all nonhuman beings. Since God then prescribes a vegan diet for
Adam, Eve, and the rest of creation, it is unreasonable to take the
popular, self-serving position that “dominion” is meant to convey
ruthless tyranny over all creatures.
Rather, Genesis 2 relates
that Adam’s task is to “till and keep” the Garden of Eden. I think
this helps us understand what being created in God’s image entails.
Humanity, with its remarkable skills, is well-positioned to be a good
steward of what God has created. Indeed, humans are distinctive in
their own creativity, which provides the capacity for both resolving
problems justly and nonviolently or for creating problems. Indeed,
just as God was free to destroy the world with the Flood, humanity’s
free will gives us a choice to be healers or destroyers.
don’t see being created in God’s image makes humans “better” than
other living beings, and it certainly doesn’t make us entitled to
special privileges at the expense of others. Instead, I see it as an
awesome responsibility that has the potential to give our lives
direction and meaning, and also the potential to make us very
effective evildoers. How we use our God-given gifts, I think, defines
who we are as Christians much more than any verbal statements of faith
or practices of rituals.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.
3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
Jesus Sends Us to Heal the World